Following the tragic events in Parkland, FL, Inspirations teens offer their condolences to the families and friends of victims of the Parkland shooting and urge those struggling with grief and mental health issues to seek help and treatment.

People deal with grief and sadness in many different ways. Some may turn to drugs and alcohol, while others may isolate themselves or cause harm to other people. The teens in our program have learned the importance of using healthy coping skills to overcome life struggles in a safe and effective manner.

Watch Inspirations Teens Share Advice for Parkland Shooting Victims and Families

While there are no direct links between mental health issues and violence, those who are diagnosed with substance abuse disorders are more prone to exhibit aggression or violence.

According to SANE, the most common risk factors of aggressive behavior are the following:

  • Being a young adult
  • Being male
  • Having a troubled childhood
  • Having problems with drug and alcohol abuse

At Inspirations, many of our teens have experienced childhood trauma which may have contributed to their substance abuse disorders. Struggling with a dual diagnosis, Jaice, 12, an Inspirations client, knows how hard it is to deal with grieving a loved one.

“I know what it’s like to lose someone close to you because I just recently lost my grandma,” he said.

Turning to drugs and alcohol due to problems at home, Jaice didn’t know how to cope with his feelings.

“I turned to drugs because I didn’t have a bond with my mom or dad,” he said. “The things I had to go through at just 12 years old was difficult for me.”

No stranger to school violence himself, Jaice witnessed a stabbing at his elementary school at the young age of 6. But his experiences with violence, mental health and substance abuse disorders have given him the drive to help others.

“If you are going through depression or the loss of a loved one, please find someone to talk to,” Jaice said.  

Many of our teens agree that receiving therapy for drug addiction and mental health issues may help those grieving with loss and prevent unnecessary tragedies like the Parkland shooting from happening again.

Inspirations For Youth and Families offers comprehensive treatment for teens ages 13 to 17, who are struggling with substance abuse disorders and mental health issues. Call us at (877) 779-8010 to learn more about how we can help your teen overcome drug addiction. No teen deserves to fight drug addiction alone.

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